African bigots are shaping up as the saviours of Christianity

African bigots are shaping up as the saviours of Christianity January 18, 2016

Kenya’s Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, above, is one of a clutch of bigoted African church leaders who are determined to drive their counterparts in the West back to Christianity’s fundamental intolerance.
And according to Fr Dwight Longenecker this a A Good Thing.
Last year, Anglican leaders in Africa rejected a proposal by the English College of Bishops for two years of  “facilitated conversations” to address the differences over homosexuality within the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Wabukala, Chairman of the Global African Future Conference Primates’ Council, would have none of it, saying the move would project the Church of England’s problems onto the Communion as a whole.

Without clear understanding of biblical authority and interpretation, such dialogue will spread confusion and open doors for false interpretation of the gospel. I cannot commend the proposal.

Commenting in The National Catholic Register on the suspension last week of the Episcopal Church of the USA from the Anglican Communion Longenecker, above, wrote:

Without doubt the Anglican bishops’ decision was driven by the increasingly vocal and visible African contingent. Young, articulate, orthodox and angry, the African Anglican bishops are not only not willing to compromise over same sex marriage, they are also not willing to leave the Anglican communion over the issue.
After the Episcopalians voted to accept same sex marriage, the Africans lecture to the them would have been, ‘You are the ones who have departed from the Scriptures and from the timeless teaching of the Christian Church. We’re not leaving. You must leave.’

He added:

As Catholics view this debacle there are several signals we would be foolish to ignore. First, the Africans are here to stay and they mean business. The North-South clash over issues of human sexuality is as vocal, visible and vibrant in the Catholic Church as it is in the Anglican …
The African Anglican victory will doubtless strengthen the resolve of not only the other Anglican African bishops, but also their Catholic brothers in the ongoing battles for the family.
Secondly, the Africans’ victory in this matter will re-orient those in the North who adhere to Biblical Christianity. Historic Christians in both the Anglican and Catholic churches will look to the Africans as the defenders of orthodoxy. Weary of bishops who seem timid and spineless in the North’s culture wars, the Africans will appear to be the saviors of historic and Biblical Christianity …. As the lights go down on the Francis papacy, Catholics of the North may well look to the continent of Africa for the next successor of Peter.

He concluded:

This decision is the first solid sign that the long-predicted shift in global Christianity’s center of gravity from the disenchanted, decadent and declining North to the vibrant and growing South is now upon us.

Meanwhile, the UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has roundly condemned the Anglican Communion’s decision to punish the US Episcopal Church for supporting same-sex marriage.
PTT Secretary George Broadhead said:

In taking this decision the Anglican Communion and its feeble leader James Welby have clearly caved in to the demands of its evangelicals and the ultra homophobic Anglican Churches in Africa, notably those in Nigeria and Uganda which have given their full support to the draconian anti-gay legislation enacted in those countries.
The decision is a serious drawback to LGBT Christians’ struggle to prevail on the Church to accept their sexual relationships and support their rights.

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  • John

    Am I bothered?
    This development hastens the day when the civilized world will finally turn its back on millenia of ignorance, stupidity, bigotry and superstition.
    Oh, Happy Days Are A’Coming!!

  • Angela_K

    I see someone has started a petition to rid the House of Lords of Bishops – don’t expect our Government will do anything.

  • sailor1031

    So when it comes down to it it ain’t all that ineffability and numinousness and fluffy love; it’s old testament ignorance and bigotry that is embraced by christian religion. Got it.

  • Justin Badby

    Its all coming to a head. All religions are, and in plain view, showing us their true face. Keep it up guys … do your worst and soon the common man everywhere will see through the disguise and recognise just how evil primitive and deceitful religion really are.

  • Robster

    “The decision is a serious drawback to LGBT Christians’ struggle to prevail”. Why would any gay or lesbian or transgender person want anything to do with any of the churches or the hateful organisations they represent? All anti gay rhetoric is a result of religious “teachings” and dogma. It’s a bit like sleeping with the enemy.

  • John the Drunkard

    ‘Vibrant, growing?’
    Sure, like cancer. How much is really ‘orthodoxy’ (being left behind as 2nd class members by their official denominations) and how much is evangelical madness imported from the USA?

  • Laura Roberts

    This kind of thing reminds me of when we used to attend PFLAG meetings. There were a surprising number of “liberal” churches represented at these things — nice people for the most part, until they started their hand-wringing over how to be more welcoming to gay people. One time they decided to go around the room to solicit ideas. When they got to me, I simply said we were atheist, so never had any problem with anyone’s sexual preference and that our group would welcome anyone open to an honest discussion.
    Crickets chirping.
    Then they moved on to the next person.

  • Brian Jordan

    Angela K
    Signed the petition but I fancy rather than ignoring it Cameron is likely to do something worse: swap a few bishops for half a dozen imams, a couple of rabbis and a scientologist.
    Gird up your loins ready for the campaign to get a Pastafarian lord spiritual!

  • Har Davids

    A dialogue will spread confusion and open doors for false interpretation of the gospel, according to these savants. Aren’t there plenty of contradictions in the Bible, creating the possibility of interpretation, whether true or false? According to my copy, Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, so he may not have considered it worthy mentioning, concentrating on being loving and accepting other people. That bit may have escaped some of the African bigots’ attention.

  • Broga

    I’ve signed the petition.

  • barriejohn

    Har Davids: I tend to the opposite view – that Jesus (if he existed) never mentioned homosexuality because he didn’t need to. There is a massive discrepancy in the Gospels between the zealot Jesus, proclaiming God’s judgment and the imminent approach of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the Jesus preaching love and forgiveness. Could they, perchance, be different people, and could the latter, perhaps, be a figment of the imagination? When I was a young Christian I was told that the Dead Sea Scrolls backed up all that the Bible said, whereas the truth is that although they may demonstrate that the Old Testament has been passed down accurately, they blow great holes in the argument that the teachings of Jesus were unique and “revolutionary”, as they contain much that he was supposed to have said, and ideas about a suffering Messiah and Teacher of Righteousness, but PREDATE the Gospels! It shook my faith to the core when I found out the truth. The following, though brief, is very interesting, as is the discussion that follows:

  • Alfafan

    The Africans are just getting their own back for all that missionary work in the 1800’s

  • Peter Sykes

    Angela K:
    Signed, thanks I hadn’t spotted that one.

  • Brian Jordan

    Perhaps one’s the Medinan Jesus and the other’s the Meccan Jesus…
    I’ll get my coat. 🙂

  • barriejohn

    Brian Jordan: Not such a joke. There were furious arguments, as you must know, in the Early Church over the nature of Jesus, especially concerning whether he had existed prior to his birth at Bethlehem, and also as to whether he was really “God” or really mortal. ALL religions seem to split into these mutually incompatible and irreconcilable sects which hate each other with an unbelievable degree of animosity. The Brethren are famous for it!

  • Cali Ron

    The shoe! No, the gourd. And after a thousand years the argument still rages on. The shoe, the gourd. May the most god deluded prevail in the battle over their fairy tales.
    Reading John Cleese’ book. Quite amusing in a funny way.

  • John

    Was Jesus gay? Were his apostles gay?
    A reading of the details of the Last Supper – John 13 – would suggest he was homosexual and that the apostles were too.
    23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side,[e] 24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus[f] of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?”
    The line 23 – mentioning a disciple whom Jesus loved – could be thought of as indicating a homosexual relationship and practices between Jesus and one or more of his followers. The Greek language element suggests that the disciple whom Jesus loved was ‘in his bosom’ as the line about ‘leaning back against Jesus’ also suggests.
    34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
    Line 34 could be interpreted as indicating a homosexual relationship between Jesus and his followers, with line 35 suggesting that such homosexual practices should be widely spread and practiced by followers of the new cult.
    Apart from Jesus’ mother, sisters and Mary Magdalene, no women appear to feature at all in any of the relationships within and between Jesus and the apostles. Does not such an exclusively male group suggest that they had no sexual interest in heterosexual relationships?

  • Nyami

    People with no love for humanity and for life are now propping themselves up as saviours of Africa. As the world is moving its self forward, the bitter fight for the soul of Africa is intensifying.